Raymond M. Blasco Memorial Library Admiralty Room
160 E. Front St., Erie, PA 16507
The event is free and open to the public.
The bill would change a conviction of the possession of small amounts of marijuana (30 grams or less) or hashish (8 grams or less) to a summary offense, reduced from a misdemeanor.
Reducing the criminal charge to a summary offense would alleviate the stigma that can follow a misdemeanor conviction for life.
A misdemeanor conviction can limit future employment opportunities and bar the person from public housing and college loans. Reducing the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana will help keep those pathways open for the approximately 18,000 Pennsylvanians convicted of minor possession charges every year.
This bill also would align state law with local ordinances that have been adopted in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Lancaster.
REP. ED GAINEY & PITTSBURGH NORML TO HOST MEDICINAL MARIJUANA TOWN HALL APRIL 27.
Pittsburgh NORML is honored to join Rep. Ed Gainey on Monday April 27, 2015, 6:00 pm at Union Project in the East Liberty/Highland Park section of the City of Pittsburgh. Rep. Gainey will be hosting a panel discussion about medical marijuana and the pending legislation in the Pennsylvania House and Senate. Panelists will include physicians, patients, scientists and legal experts.
Rep. Gainey added his voice saying “We have an obligation as state legislators to ensure that our sick friends, family members and neighbors have access to the best medicine available that can help them,” Gainey said. “It seems unjust to deny people medicine that will help them feel better, especially when we routinely prescribe far more toxic medications for many of the same conditions that can be relieved by medical marijuana.” http://www.pahouse.com/Gainey/InTheNews/NewsRelease/?id=62375
Medical marijuana enjoys the overwhelming support of Pennsylvania voters according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to vote on Senate Bill 3, a mirror of the bill that passed with overwhelming support in 2014.
But activists and patients worry that the bill will be too limited in scope with too few patients qualifying for relief and arbitrary restrictions placed on delivery methods. “The challenge we now face is to put in to place a program that benefits all Pennsylvanians. Physicians, not politicians, should decide whether cannabis is an appropriate treatment option without arbitrary restrictions placed on qualifying conditions or delivery methods” said Patrick K. Nightingale, Executive Director of Pittsburgh NORML.
Every day Pennsylvanians suffer while millions of Americans have access to medical marijuana. “My son is regressing every day. Each seizure is like Russian roulette” says Christy Harding, who’s son Jason suffers from Lennox Gestaut, a severe form of epilepsy. Julie Michaels plea demonstrates the urgency many parents feel. “My daughter has over 3000 seizures monthly. Any one of them could be her last. We need this medicine now!”